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Rookie David Johnson burns Saints defense for 55-yard touchdown

Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) carries the ball on a 55 yard touchdown run in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) carries the ball on a 55 yard touchdown run in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

David Johnson showed the Cardinals why it was wise to draft him in the third round.

The rookie running back took a pass from Carson Palmer out of the backfield and turned on the afterburners, leaving the Saints defense in the dust for a 55-yard score.

Andre Ellington was carted off the field in the third quarter, with Chris Johnson replacing him.

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If the first-year player continues to make plays like this, he could be in line for some more work if Ellington misses time.

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